Morning sports update: Charles Barkley ‘doesn’t like what the Lakers are doing’ with Anthony Davis

Also: The Patriots' mastery of midseason trades, and how the New York Post reacted to the Knicks trading Kristaps Porzingis.

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Charles Barkley at the NBA Awards in 2018. –Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP

The Bruins lost in overtime to the Flyers, 3-2. Travis Sanheim scored to give Philadelphia the win.

The Celtics play the Knicks in New York tonight, with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. And on Sunday, the Patriots take on the Rams in Super Bowl LIII at 6:30 p.m.

Charles Barkley thinks the ‘fix is in’: Speaking on TNT Thursday night, NBA pundit Charles Barkley spoke harshly about the recent reports that the Lakers are moving closer to a trade for Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis.

“Adam Silver needs to block that trade,” Barkley said of the still unfinished deal. “I don’t like what the Lakers are doing. I don’t think it’s right.”

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Davis’s agent, Rich Paul, leaked the news to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski of Davis requesting a trade. Paul represents several high-profile NBA players, including his friend and original client, LeBron James. Barkley believes that Paul is orchestrating a scenario where Davis ends up in Los Angeles, playing alongside James on the Lakers.

“Let me tell you something. Rich Paul got mad at me because I said month ago, ‘The fix is in. Anthony Davis is going to the Lakers,'” said Barkley. “This was before all of these rumors started. And he didn’t like me saying, ‘The fix is in.’ The fix has been in.”

For Barkley, the competitive balance of the NBA is threatened by scenarios such as the current one with Davis.

“Guys are sharing agents. They’re stacking teams,” Barkley concluded. “That ain’t right.”

More from Boston.com:

What the Rams can learn from previous Patriots Super Bowls: The Bill Belichick-Tom Brady pairing has successfully led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls. The Rams, playing in the franchise’s first since the launch of the Patriots’ dynasty, can learn quite a bit from simply studying the eight prior Super Bowls New England has played in over the last 17 years. [The Ringer]

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The Patriots and midseason trades: While the NFL isn’t necessarily known as a league where blockbuster trades frequently occur, the Patriots have become masters of a different sort of deal. [Sports Illustrated]

A day after trading Kristaps Porzingis, here’s the back page of the New York Post:

Defensive end Julius Peppers announced his retirement after 17 NFL seasons:

New Jersey senator Cory Booker, who is running for president, was once a tight end for Stanford:

On this day: In 1968, Vince Lombardi stepped down as coach of the Green Bay Packers. Coming off wins in the first two Super Bowls (as well as the three other NFL championships), Lombardi’s legacy was set.

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Also, in 1994, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly pleaded guilty in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly accepted a plea bargain in which he admitted guilt to racketeering in exchange for testimony that Harding had direct knowledge of — and helped plan — the attack on Kerrigan (as well as aiding the failed coverup).

“According to court records released yesterday,” wrote Globe staff writer Brian McGrory, “Harding recommended that the attack occur in the Boston area, in a bar on New Year’s Eve, in the hopes that Kerrigan, 24, would be tainted by controversy for socializing with the ‘wrong crowd of people.'”

In reality, Kerrigan was attacked while leaving a practice session in Detroit. Gillooly would later be sentenced to two years in prison, though he would serve only a fraction of the time. Harding and Kerrigan would both skate in the Lillehammer Olympics later that February. Kerrigan won the silver medal, while Harding placed eighth.

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And in 2015, Malcolm Butler made Tom Brady scream for joy as the Patriots defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, 28-24.

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